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Trio of Bruins Stays Hot at Worlds

Pastrnak pots two more; McAvoy takes over defensemen scoring lead

by Mark Garbino @NHLBruins / - The trio of Bruins competing in the IIHF World Championship continued their red-hot starts over the weekend.

Charlie McAvoy notched a goal and an assist to help lead Team USA to a 9-3 victory versus Norway, while David Pastrnak scored two goals and David Krejci tallied an assist in the Czech Republic's 6-0 win over France on Sunday.

Team USA remains undefeated in the tournament, sitting atop Group B with 16 points via four regulation wins and two overtime wins, with McAvoy adding another dimension to the skilled American offense.

Midway through the first period of a scoreless game, McAvoy fed Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane for a power-play goal to give Team USA the lead over Norway.

Late in the first with USA leading 2-0, Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat distracted all five skaters, allowing McAvoy to sneak backdoor for a one-time tally.

The 20-year-old defenseman has racked up seven points (three goals, four assists) in just two games since joining the tournament, leading all defensemen.

Team USA will have a tough test on Tuesday when it faces Finland, the team directly behind it in the standings.

Pastrnak's first goal came early in the first period when Krejci won a faceoff to him at the top of the circle, and the 21-year-old fired a short-side wrist shot into the top corner to break the scoreless tie.

Just over three minutes later, Pastrnak received a pass in the neutral zone and went on an individual rush, beating a French forward before his shot through a defenseman's legs broke through the goaltender to give the Czechs a quick 2-0 lead.

Another productive game for the pair of Bruins puts Krejci second on the team with six points (one goal, five assists), while Pastrnak sits just behind with five points (four goals, one assist). The Czechs currently rank third in Group A with 12 points by the way of two regulation wins and three overtime wins while only suffering one loss.

The Czech Republic's next game will be on Monday when it takes on Austria.

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